Poll: Do you run an airstone/bubbler in your system full time?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, Aug 22, 2018.

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  1. Yes - In the display

    8 vote(s)
    1.4%
  2. Yes - In the sump/refugium

    31 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. Yes - In the skimmer

    28 vote(s)
    5.0%
  4. No - I don't run an airstone full time

    480 vote(s)
    85.3%
  5. Other (Discuss in thread)

    16 vote(s)
    2.8%
  1. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Hospitality Award

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    There was a discussion over the weekend regarding the use running an airstone/bubbler full time in your aquarium. The discussion revolved around oxygen/gas exchange and stability of pH. It was suggested a poll was created to determine how many actually utilize an airstone full time in their systems.

    So, let us know if you do. If you do, let us know if you run it in your display or your sump/refugium. I've added the skimmer as an option as well as there are some skimmers that utilize an airstone.

    Please feel free to discuss your reasoning for utilizing an airstone in the thread.
     
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  2. Crabs McJones

    Crabs McJones Millepora Maniac Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Hospitality Award

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    No air bubbler, just alot of surface agitation from my powerheads :)
     
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    I'm returning to the hobby after several years away. Some things have changed a lot. Some things have stayed pretty much the same. This topic has me confused.

    People are doing their best to avoid microbubbles in their sumps and plumbing -- and then turn around and drop an airstone and pump into the system somewhere, to help with o2 levels and pH?

    Seems like 1 step forward and 3 steps backwards.
     
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    Sometimes I do, Also my sump I put the baffles opposite (under over under ) I was trying to get an upwelling effect . I ended up with a stagnent water surfaces in the ref & return. This forms a scum that I have to carefully pull off by laying a sheet of paper towel on the surface. So I think I will try an airstone in each just to disrupt the water surface .
     
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    Nope.
     
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    C-Reefer Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I've tried putting one in the back of my AIO but the salt creep is terrible.
     
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    I run an air pump on my octopus tank because it's covered and doesn't have a sump. But not on my reef.
     
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    I run a small airstone in my QT under a bag of media just to get some better flow. The fish love swimming through it!

    For my DT I only use a couple wavemakers and my HOB filter for flow/movement.

    I will say running the airstone makes all sorts of a salt creep mess!
     
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    A skimmer is a full time bubbler lol.

    That's all I use.
     
  10. Waters

    Waters "...in perfect isolation, here behind my wall." R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    No....really no need. If I am remembering correctly, it was determined that there is really no benefit from one small airstone regarding PH. Maybe if you had a Pico tank it would help with water movement I guess but then you have to deal with salt creep.
     
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    No air bubbler, not now, not ever.
     
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    jgvergo Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Hudson Valley Reef Keepers

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    I agree. I think the survey question was confusing. If everyone who runs a skimmer selected "Yes - In the skimmer", it would have almost all the votes.
     
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    I run an airstone under my return pump on waterchange day. The bubbles helps float the small particles to the sump and makes the water crystal clear.
     
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    Agreed the question was posed weirdly, I clicked no bubbler however my skimmer is on 24/7 and couldnt imagine an air stone would put out any comparison to that amount of bubblage.
     
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    LOL I was the only one to click 'Other - discuss'
     
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    I clicked "other" as well. If the skimmer counts, and in this context I don't think it does, then I would have to go for 24/7/365.

    I keep several battery air pumps on hand for the infrequent power outages that happen around here. They are invaluable then. Otherwise, the answer is no. Why would I want to increase the amount of salt creep anywhere near my tank?
     
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    Interesting idea. So your basically doing like a skimmer except trying fort eh bigger particulate?
     
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    I have an airstone in my upflow algae scrubber. Otherwise none.
     
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    I was about to say the same ;)....
     
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    Pretty much. I only need to run for about an hour before the WC.
     
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